Quick- come by the bookstore for a homecoming deal! Stop by and check out our selection of baseball caps and winter hats. When you purchase a hat you get 15% off a pair of sweatpants. Now that that temperature is cooling down, you’ll want to stock up on these cozy Middlebury necessities! This is a homecoming special that you won’t want to miss!
What to Do When your iPad, iPhone or iPod is disabled
We recently had someone, a bored students perhaps, come in and create a passcode on our Demo iPod which locked every customer out who was looking at the iPod’s. After so many tries of entering the passcode, the iPod then became disabled which allowed no one to open it. How annoying for customers. But, the good news is that there is an easy fix for anyone who has a passcode on their iPad, iPod or iPhone and was locked out.
The first thing you should realize though is this–
This process completely wipes your device clean and restarts it. What this means is that any and all of your music, movies and all other data is wiped as well. Make sure your have all this saved on your Mac/PC before anything like this happens if possible. iCloud is definitely the preferred choice, then you can just restore your device from iCloud. The very least you should make sure of is that you have synced your device with iTunes which can perform the restore as well.
However, if you have never synced your device with iTunes and you’re not using the benefit of the iCloud, you can perform this easy trick to unlock your device without restoring data. It will be like a new device.
First– Shut your device off.
Second– Open iTunes on computer.
Third– Get your charging cable plugged into your computer through the USB port.
Next– Hold down Home Button (Without Releasing) while plugging the other end of charging cable into device. Look for “Connect to iTunes” that appears on device before finally releasing Home Button.
Then– Look for “Device in Recovery Mode” in iTunes on computer, then click ok and restore device.
Below is an Apple Support link that can help walk you through restoring and resetting a passcode with iCloud if you used it to back up.
This week we will have extended weekend hours for Fall Family Weekend! Stop in from to 9am -5pm on Saturday October 12 or 9am-3pm on Sunday October 13 to pick up any of your computer or electronic needs- or to to show your family members the new gadgets you’ve got your eye on!
We also wanted to give you a few tips about using your iPad as a camera. The iPad contains a 5 megapixel iSight camera and when you shoot photos the big, beautiful Retina display becomes a big, beautiful viewfinder — giving you plenty of room to compose your shot. Autofocus, tap to focus, and tap to set exposure functions mean every photo you take instantly becomes frameworthy. With built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces, there’s more room for more grins
Capture and enhance every moment in high quality photos edited in iPhoto.Edit and watch in perfect slow motion to capture that strike out or the perfect Touchdown. Record HD video in full 1080p and with Automatic video stabilization, you get a shaky-free video! The iPad has so many more functions than just a computer substitute or reader. By utilizing the camera options of your iPad you unlock a new world of technological opportunities and you streamline your need for extra devices. With the iPad, feel free to leave your camera and video recorder at home- you’ve got everything you need at your fingertips all in one device.
With everyone testing out Apple’s new phones and operating systems, there are quite a few tricks that can be picked up along the way to optimize your experience. While we don’t sell iphones in the bookstore, many of our students coming in to buy Apple computers or devices are using the new operating system and we wanted to share a few tips with them.
1. Changing Text Size
When you launch settings, you can go to “General” and then to “Text Size” and drag a slider to adjust until you find the perfect text size for you. The text on the screen changes as you move the slider so you can perfectly see what your chosen size will look like.
This is not completely new for iOS7, but many people do not know about continusous shooting mode. While in the camera app., hold down the shutter button and rather than taking one picture, your phone will continuously shoot pictures and dave them to your image roll. You can use this along the new “Burst” shooting function that allows the iphone 5s to take 10 photos per second.
3.Do Not Disturb
If you bring your phone to class or if you use it as an alarm as you sleep you don’t always want to hear or see push notifications. The “Do Not Disturb” feature was improved on iOS7. Navigate to Settings>Do Not Disturb to silence calls, texts, or other notifications even when a phone is unlocked.
While i think that these are some of the more useful and helpful tips, there are more tips and trick to be found-for more information on these tricks and to see a few more check out this site!
Sometimes, we take so much for granted, like knowing how to open apps on Apple mobile devices and that using an iPod, iPhone or iPad is very similar. Recently, we were teaching a group of people how to use an iPod and then we were explaining how to use the iPad. It was more difficult for the generation of people who did not grow up using these devices and were not exposed to their many uses. After playing with both the iPad and the iPod at our demo table and getting over their initial fear of the “unknown”, they were quite impressed with how intuitive Apple has created them. One of them eventually inquired about manuals for the devices. I am including a link for manuals at the Apple Support site.
At the touch of your fingers, you can automatically create documents and send them by email or even AirPrint them or share what you are working on in the classroom with an overhead projector and even use AirPlay to display pictures and video you took with your Apple mobile device. Some long time users still do not know everything that their Apple device is capable of like AirPrint or Airplay. Below are links to learn how easy these are.
Here is a link to Apple Support for video tutorials, and essential help with your Apple device.
IOS 7, the latest iOS in the Apple mobile device is a new look on a great design. Below is a link that shows some new features available.
iOS 7 allows you to switch between apps instantly and resume an app with Multitasking on your mobile device. Below is a link from Apple Support on understanding Multitasking. A great feature when using your device in the classroom.
If you want to experience the iPod or the iPad, come in an check out our demo table. You can try them out to see just what they can do.
A new problem arose after one of our customers purchased an Airport Base Station for Wireless Networking in their home. They followed the included Manual Instructions which did not call for getting this setup started using your Mac which turned out to be a missing key component for getting it set up correctly. Below is a link to Apple Support for a tutorial slideshow on how to set up your wireless network.
The first step of course is to turn your Mac on! Then plug your Airport into the outlet and open up Airport Utility by opening Finder from your dock. Scroll down on right and open Utilities. A window will appear and looks similar to this one above.
Select the correct device by making sure it is highlighted and continue
You are then given the chance to individualize your Airport device by creating a name along with a password to protect your Wi-Fi with security.
Select which set-up you want from the choices of extending your Wi-Fi Zone, replacing it or creating a new one or secondary one. Then continue.
Then, choose your wireless network which may be made easier by showing the name created for it previously. Continue.
Helping you through your nightmares of printer issues…
…like adding a new printer.
We recently had a case where a student could not get her Mac to recognize her printer. A student who has deadlines for handing in papers is desperate and frantic the day before the deadline. You will find these helpful hints to be a good source when you are installing a new printer preferably before that deadline is upon you.
Before you get started on adding a printer – view link below!
Below are some helpful Apple Support Links to checkout.
First and foremost when shopping for a new printer- make sure it is compatible with Mac OS X.
After your well thought out purchase -Before doing anything else, read printer manual, then read it again. Now you are on the road to becoming mentally prepared to install your printer.
Studiously follow the printer instructions by turning printer on and installing ink cartridges, adding paper as well as connecting printer to Mac. With Lion and Mountain Lion OS X, you may get a Dialog Box letting you know if your Mac wasn’t able to install a driver if recent updates have been made and new software must be downloaded. It is at this point that you may have discovered one hiccup installing the printer- so face it right now – The software for installing your new printer is probably out of date!
That said, now you know you may have to go to your Mac’s browser and look for your printer (make and model) Driver which will take the place of the outdated installation CD or downloaded software. This driver is the printers installation updated software. First try using the Apple Support link provided below to get that software. If this is not helpful- below the link are the manual installation directions for printer drivers.
- · You will type in the name of your printer-for instance- Hewlett Packard, Canon, etc. And then the model precisely as it is seen- Deskjet 3050A or PIXMA MG3122 etc., then use the word Driver. For instance- Search HP Deskjet 3050A Driver or whatever your printer is and look for the manufacturer’s support for printer driver.
- · Once you find the manufacturer website, you may have to select which printer model you have or select driver if offered to select.
- · Then make sure you know which Mac OS X operating system you have, Snow Leopard 10.6, Lion 10.7 or Mountain Lion 10.8. then click download.
After you get that software downloaded onto your Mac which may not automatically open up, select that download to open and choose installation and go through the steps it directs you to. You may have to refer to the Apple Links above for adding wireless printers.
Check to see if your printer is ready- open System Preference and look in Print & Scan for your new printer. Follow Printer’s manual instruction and print out something for a test.
Apple just announced their brand new 2013 Back to School Promotion.
Get a $100 Gift Card when you purchase a Mac and get a $50 Gift Card when you purchase a new iPad!
Only Faculty, Staff, Students and their parents/guardians can qualify for this promo which encompasses Language School and Bread Loaf Students, Faculty and Staff.